Historically this was the big brown trout water of the Lakes. Many of the big fish coming to the fly during its prolific mayfly hatches.
Loweswater, unlike other lakes in the valley, has been affected by eutrophication and unfortunately the trout fishing has suffered badly.
There are trout but relatively recent studies have shown their size and numbers have decreased.
The National Trust are trying to identify the cause of the nutrient enrichment. So hopefully, with some management, we will see the exceptional trout fishery of old.
Day permits cover Buttermere, Crummock Water and Loweswater together with a short stretch of the River Cocker. Tickets are £10 and can be purchased from the car park machine at the National Trust car park in Buttermere (sat nav CA13 9UZ). The machine only accepts pound coins.
For an annual permit please call the North Lakes office on 017687 74649.